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post #1 of 23 Old 03-16-2011, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Stallion behavior from gelding

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We got this gelding about a month ago and he had been great. Until my mare came in heat. He went completely wild on us this weekend. Slightly better now. Trying to kick and bite. The biggest of all tell tell is down there has also been responding like a stallion. We've not witnessed him jumping on her but other actions are not typical gelding behavior.

A friend of mine said her geldings try to ride eachnother and that this is typical gelding behavior. I admit most of my experience is with mares and one stud not much with geldings. But I have never witnessed behavior in a typical gelding, nor have I witnessed any behavior like we are having with a gelding. My parents always had geldings me mares growing up and none of their gelding exhibited any type of stallion behavior at all.

Any suggestions about this horse we've got? I have kids and can not have a horse acting like this with them around. We have decided to sell him, but we have to get this feral behavior out of him and again he has been doing great until this weekend and nothing was different from any other daythis weekend and he continues to be this feral horse. We could litterally do most anythig with him until my mare came in heat this weekend.

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He could be proud cut. He wont be able to breed but he will still exhibit stallion behavior.

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He could be proud cut. He wont be able to breed but he will still exhibit stallion behavior.
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He could be proud cut. He wont be able to breed but he will still exhibit stallion behavior.
Thanks, I had thought of that. But I've always heard they may ride the mare but not get hard. He's hard and doing all the stuff that stallions do down there. That is one thing that I don't know about. I've heard of proud cut geldings, but no experience.

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He may not be proud cut, although that's certainly one scenario.

I have a gelding I KNOW is a gelding. HE knows he's a gelding, and yet, when any mare comes in sight, he drops down, gets hard, and starts talking to her. This horse has been gelded since he was 5 y/o, and he's now 13.

If your guy was gelded after the testosterone came in, he may still exhibit some stallion characteristics. However, my gelding is easily controlled and will forget about the mare once I bring his focus back onto me. Sounds like your guy has continued to be a butthead.

Best way to know for certain is to have a vet out. If he's a crypt, blood tests will be able to determine the level of testosterone.

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Thanks. We do have a call into the vet. Our biggest issue right now is catching him. As my husband said it was like you flipped a switch with him. He was loving easy to handle, now wild and almost dangerous. If it is behavior we can deal with that, but if it's something else. I also have to think about the safety of my kids as well.

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I had a gelding who wasn't cut until he he was 8 or so and had been a stud for a few of the years prior to being gelded. If a mare was within 1/4 mile he became very studdy. He forget all his manners etc. He jumped fences, wouldn't eat and was an absolute pain. We had a foster mare for about 2 months and had to send her back because we couldn't control 1200# of stupidity . Wish I had some suggestions but...
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Thanks. All we know about this horse is pretty much like most horses around hgere you buy. This one woman that got him rescued him from starvation. The story is she was riding him one night drunk, (he is scared to death of dogs) a dog got after him at the same time the saddle broke and the woman ended up off him with a broken arm. Don't know if she fell or was thrown she was to drunk to remember. Then I assume he was given to my nephew as he don't have the money to buy anything. They know absolutely nothing about horses only have them because I do and have always had them. So, my nephew runs off leaves the horse my sister in law who also does not know anything about horses has to take care of him. She asks us to help her buy feed for him as she is barely getting buy. We ask questions about him and think well since we are feeding him bring him to our place and see how he does. Supposedly they could do anything with him. He was great for the first two weeks here, then like I said my mare came in and he's went crazy. I've heard of proud cut horses, but this is the first I've been around.
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The idea that geldings can be "proud cut" is a myth.

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I would definitely have a blood sample pulled and checked for testosterone levels. If he does have a retained testicle, it can be pricey to correct. $500-$1000+ depending upon who does the surgery and where the testicle is.

It can also be something as simple as poor socialization. He should however never be in a mixed herd. If he has over the top aggressive behavior towards any of his pasturemates, he needs to be removed for everyone's safety.
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all of my gelding get a boner just standing around and not acting study.
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